TED Conversations

This conversation is closed. Start a new conversation
or join one »

What is your definition of good education?

Being a teacher at middle school for twenty-year.The question:What is the so called good education? It keeps haunting in my mind.I feel good to keep asking me the question.Because I really hope what my teaching can help young people to understand their lives better.As well as I know it is not a solo aspect to definite good education.But I would like you come to share your understanding of good education.Because I think it is never be enough to keep talking about education.As much as we can come together to communicate it.We need everyone join in talking education,we will see better education around us.Thanks.

+2
Share:

Showing single comment thread. View the full conversation.

  • Apr 24 2013: A good education begins with the question humans have been asking since the beginning of time…why? Understanding the reason we learn is key to a successful journey through the school system. Rather then absorbing information and regurgitating it onto a piece of paper only to forget it moments after its handed in, having the student understand why that piece of information is useful and how it fits into their lives is key.
    The social aspect of learning is also one of the most important elements of an education. Many of the most important lessons we learn in life happen right under our noses, without us ever knowing a change had occurred. The ability to socialize with a group of peers of the same age group greatly influences that person’s social behavior (positive/negative) for years to come.
    An understanding of the world outside the classroom is, in my opinion, one of the most overlooked elements in most school systems. Field trips, from my experience, always seemed like a day off from learning, a time to relax and just have fun. I believe learning outside of the classroom should become a staple in the day to day lives of students and the information gathered should be used to the teachers advantage in the next lesson.
    • Apr 25 2013: Hi dear Duane Thomas,how can the students understand why the piece of informaton is useful and how it fits into their lives ?any more idea about it in detail?should our teachers tell them:the piece of information is useful?who can know exactly the information fits into students' lives or not?
      • Apr 25 2013: I believe that age appropriate interactions with the world around them would give the students context to their studies. Developing an understanding of how the system works early on as well as seeing life in motion outside of the common home/school setting most students are accustomed to can serve to expand their world view. With these two pieces in place, I believe the students, even at a young age would be better able to associate classroom lessons to their current, or their future lives. Furthermore, teachers should always be providing guidance along with a dialog to the lessons, especially at an early age. Also to ensure the students understand how each piece of information is useful, the teacher must plan field trips or any other activities in advance with a purpose while explaining to the students along the way the reason for the outing.

Showing single comment thread. View the full conversation.